Although nothing will beat the grandeur of the Grand Canyon (this blog entry coming later), our favourite quirky fun spot to visit on this trip was the town of Jerome, high on top of Cleopatra Hill. Once a bustling copper mining town of 15,000 people that was the hub of activity and economy in Arizona, it has now become a "ghost" town, both in the sense of drastically declined population after the mines were depleted, and from their reputation of being haunted by ghosts of the past.
The first thing we noticed when we got into town was the number of Bikers, reminiscent of our trip to Port Dover, Ontario. This seemed a bit out of place in an old western ghost town that seemed frozen in time, but perhaps the bikers are now the modern day cowboys hanging around the saloons with their "hogs" instead of horses. Given that I have not seen many other visibile minorities in Arizona, I must have seemed equally foreign to them. We wandered into a biker "souvenir" shop called Scooter Trash, full of leather, skulls, swords and other weird artifacts.
We next came across Liberty Theatre Gifts which on the surface seemed like just another souvenir shop, but actually held a historic jewel in the back. For $2, we could tour the still functioning Liberty Theatre, open since 1918.